Concrete Repair and Upkeep: Tips for All Seasons

Welcome to my concrete blog. My name is Helen, and I hate stumbling over old and broken concrete. It makes a home, business or even a whole neighborhood look old and unkempt. To make the world a more beautiful place, I have decided to create this blog. In it, I plan to post everything I have learned about concrete over the years. I plan to include everything from maintenance schedules to upkeep tips to simple repairs to financial risks of broken concrete. If you have a patch of concrete anywhere on your property, I hope you enjoy the information in this blog and learn something new from it.

Tools Used for Concrete Cutting


Concrete cutting tools have evolved tremendously over the years. The modern world, with its technology, has paved the way for the innovation and invention of these tools that have, in turn, made concrete cutting as easy as whistling Dixie.

Although there are other tools available in the market, cut-off machines and diamond chainsaws, stand head and shoulders above their nearest competitors:

Cut-off Machines

Many professionals heavily rely on cut-off machines to cut concrete. These machines are basically hand-held saws that can pierce through concrete, asphalt and metal. Now, there are different saws that cater to the specific needs of the task at hand. While some are relatively simpler to use, less noisy and lightweight, there are others that are more powerful that, in turn, get the job done in quicker time.

Types of Cut-off Machines

  • Electric cutter- This equipment is the least powerful of all cut-off machines. Generally preferred in enclosed spaces, electric cutters are used more for convenience than power.
  • Hydraulic saws- Boasting of the highest power-to-weight ratio, the hydraulic saws don't come cheap. Since many contractors possess a hydraulic power unit on hand, these unforgiving bad boys can be highly effective because of its power. They can also build up pressure in the hydraulic line. And, a leak in a hydraulic line can prove to be quite dangerous and expensive to repair.
  • Pneumatic saws- Pneumatic saws are easy to use because of the availability of air compressors everywhere. It is also less dangerous than other cut-off machines and the saw doesn't require much maintenance.

Diamond Chainsaws

Designed like a wood-cutting chainsaw, the diamond chainsaw possesses a circular diamond blade that wears away the aggregate material, in turn, making the operations far safer. When it comes to cutting concrete deep, no other equipment can stand toe-to-toe with the diamond chainsaw. Since the diamond chainsaw uses a guide bar that has a long, narrow, flat surface, it can easily provide deep cuts into the concrete without the fear of over cut.

It also allows operators the opportunity to make square corners—something that is impossible to do with a circular blade. Basically, operators resort to the diamond chainsaw if there is a need for unique-shaped cuts in the material. The diamond chainsaw can also be mighty effective when operated to make small openings.

There are some things to consider before investing in a diamond chainsaw. If you need to cut openings that are 5 inches deep or more, a diamond chainsaw is the way to go. If not, perhaps, your money could be invested better, elsewhere. To learn more, contact a company like Kwik-Cut Concrete Drilling & Sawing with any questions you have.


2 July 2015